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According to a press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety, the state's fire marshal's office is currently investigating a fatal fire at a Maine convenience store.

The press release explains that at about 1 AM on Tuesday, October 25th, a 68 year old man drove up to the gas pumps at 1510 Maine Street in Poland.  He removed the gas pump and poured gas on himself.  He then walked a distance away from the pump and lit himself on fire.

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An attendant from the store attempted to put the fire out.  Sadly, however, the man passed away from his injuries.

The press release goes on to say:

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta has been contacted and the remains will be examined at a local funeral home.  The incident is still under investigation and the identity of the victim is not being released at this time, pending notification of the family. There were no other injuries or property damage as a result of the fire.  Investigators from the Fire Marshal’s Office were assisted during the investigation by the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office.

Our thoughts go out to all those involved.

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